The Best Book I Read This Year….. and the award goes to:
This year I read more books than my usual average, it may have had something to do with the electricity downtime leaving me with lots of hours to binge on books, so I cant just settle for one book…
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Note: I am a big fan of epic high fantasy.
Books by people from my circles which I quite enjoyed immensely this year:
Sisyphean Mind Anthology by Ibrahim Oga
Sisyphean Mind is a vignette of 12 everyday flash fiction stories that are meant to inspire an against all odds mentality, to never abandon a seemingly futile task, to keep on keeping on. Full review below
Iscariot by Chiseche
Iscariot is a poetry chapbook by Chiseche, dedicated to all the broken things and stitched together with short poems, together which makeup the fabric of one elusive tale…. Full review below
Chiseche then wrote a review which led me to another chapbook
Yellow by LadyInk
Yellow is a diary of a love affair that lasts only 163 days….Fair Warning: this 30 minute read of bite-sized poetic musings will violently rip off the Band-Aid from your heart and you may need a support club afterwards…. Check out my more detailed review below
This is the year I also discovered Nigerian storyteller Okey Ndibe and his books Arrows Of Rain and Foreign Gods Inc
Although Arrows of Rain was first released almost 20 years I only “found” it this year and the story told in this book was a familiar one, even though its set in a fictitious republic, Okey Ndibe uses fiction to tell the truth……
One of the messages that deeply resonated with me from this story was the following
Remember this: a story never forgives silence. Speech is the mouth’s debt to a story -Okey NdibeTweet
And for that fantasy fix Okey Ndibe’s book Foreign Gods Inc. in a weird way made me think of Neil Gaiman‘s book American Gods in a story you would have to read to believe, touching on religion and intertwined with Africa’s colonial history, it’s a provocatively profound read…..
…. And of course the most epic high fantasy book I read was Samantha Shannon’s The Priory Of Orange Tree… This 800+ paged tome has got to take the award of the most paged book I read this year and I loved every single page of it….
The Priory Of Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
MusamboTheMuse recommended this book after I asked on twitter if anyone had suggestions for a fantasy book. I was so sad to come to the end of the book that after I finished it I was on a book hangover, not wanting to read another book ever again because none could hold my attention the way Samantha’s book did; but I am sober now… catch my more detailed review below
These are books that stood out for me this year…. What fiction books have you been reading?